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Every Gmail user warned 'check now' for bank account

Nov 22, 2023

An image of a real UPS email, with a legitimate verification badge, has also been shared.

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All Gmail users have been urgently warned over an alarming new bank-draining scam. Gmail users are being warned the trick could easily trick anyone.

Cybersecurity engineer Chris Plummer posted on Twitter an image of a spoofed email claiming to officially be from UPS. Worryingly, the sender of the email has verified that they own and the logo in the profile image.

The scam email reads: "Hi Christopher, your package is arriving today. From RUNNING WAREHOUSE. Scheduled Delivery." An image of a real UPS email, with a legitimate verification badge, has also been shared.

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"There is most certainly a bug in Gmail being exploited by scammers to pull this off," Plummer wrote. "The sender found a way to dupe @gmail's authoritative stamp of approval, which end users are going to trust. u live in - check yours now. This message went from a Facebook account, to a UK netblock, to O365, to me. Nothing about this is legit."

Google's security team is taking a a "closer look" at the scam. On the Gmail website, it warned: "Phishing is an attempt to steal personal information or break into online accounts using deceptive emails, messages, ads or sites that look similar to sites you already use. For example, a phishing email may look as though it's from your bank and request private information about your bank account.

Phishing messages or content may ask for your personal or financial information, ask you to click links or download software, impersonate a reputable organisation, such as your bank, a social media site you use or your workplace or even impersonate someone you know, such as a family member, friend or coworker.

The scam emails - which can trick anybody, according to experts - look exactly like a message from an organisation or person you trust.